Between the grandstanding of Peter Dunne and the brown-mailing of the Maori party I think the government really needs to look a bit closer at other solutions for governing.
The Maori party has declared they will fight the government tooth and nail over legislation this year. With friends like them who needs enemies.
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox is threatening to walk away from the Government over new legislation that doesn’t ensure Maori children are placed with whanau when the state removes them from their home.
Prime Minister Bill English isn’t budging on the wording in legislation to overhaul Child, Youth and Family (CYF), which would remove the priority to place a child with a member of their family or wider hapu if possible or someone with the same cultural background.
“Just because we want to provide a safe and loving home doesn’t make it mutually exclusive to a Maori home,” Fox said.
“We’re not talking about putting a child back into an unsafe home – that’s stupid – but just because it’s a Maori home doesn’t make it an unsafe home and that’s where we want to make it explicit in the law.”
Fox said she’d “fight for this every day of the week”.